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Mysteries of the Middle Ages: And the Beginning of the Modern World (Hinges of History)

By Thomas Cahill

From the bestselling writer of How the Irish stored Civilization, a desirable examine how medieval thinkers created the origins of contemporary highbrow movements.

After the lengthy interval of decline often called the darkish a while, medieval Europe skilled a rebirth of scholarship, artwork, literature, philosophy, and technological know-how and commenced to advance a imaginative and prescient of Western society that is still on the center of Western civilization this day, from the access of ladies into professions that had lengthy been closed to them to the early investigations into alchemy that might shape the foundation of experimental technological know-how. On visits to the nice towns of Europe-monumental Rome; the intellectually explosive Paris of Peter Abelard and Thomas Aquinas; the hotbed of clinical learn that was once Oxford; and the incomparable Florence of Dante and Giotto-acclaimed historian Thomas Cahill brilliantly captures the spirit of experimentation, the colourful pageantry, and the passionate pursuit of data that equipped the rules for the fashionable international.

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Great Ohio River Flood of 1937, The (Images of America)

By James E. Casto

From the time settlers first driven into the Ohio Valley, floods have been an authorized truth of lifestyles. After every one flood, humans shoveled the dust from their doorways and set approximately rebuilding their cities. In 1884, the Ohio River washed away 2,000 houses. In 1913, a fair worse flood swept down the river. humans categorized it the “granddaddy” of all floods. Little did they understand there has been worse but to return. In 1937, raging floodwaters inundated hundreds of thousands of homes, companies, factories, and farms in a part dozen states, drove 1000000 humans from their houses, claimed approximately four hundred lives, and recorded $500 million in damages. including to the distress used to be the truth that the catastrophe got here throughout the depths of the melancholy, whilst many households have been already suffering. photos of the USA: the good Ohio River Flood of 1937 brings jointly two hundred classic photographs that provide readers a glance at one of many darkest chapters within the region’s background.

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Augustus: The Life of Rome's First Emperor

By Anthony Everitt

He came across Rome made from clay and left it made up of marble. As Rome’s first emperor, Augustus reworked the unruly Republic into the best empire the realm had ever noticeable. His consolidation and growth of Roman energy thousand years in the past laid the rules, for all of Western historical past to keep on with. but, regardless of Augustus’s accomplishments, only a few biographers have focused on the fellow himself, in its place picking out to chronicle the age during which he lived. right here, Anthony Everitt, the bestselling writer of Cicero, offers a spellbinding and intimate account of his illustrious topic.

Augustus all started his occupation as an green youngster plucked from his reports to take heart degree within the drama of Roman politics, assisted via university acquaintances, Agrippa and Maecenas. Augustus’s upward thrust to strength begun with the assassination of his great-uncle and adoptive father, Julius Caesar, and culminated within the monstrous duel with Mark Antony and Cleopatra.
The international that made Augustus–and that he himself later remade–was pushed by way of intrigue, intercourse, rite, violence, scandal, and bare ambition. Everitt has taken a few of the family names of history–Caesar, Brutus, Cassius, Antony, Cleopatra–whom few be aware of the whole fact approximately, and became them into flesh-and-blood human beings.

At a time while many ponder the USA an empire, this beautiful portrait of the best emperor who ever lived makes for enlightening and engrossing examining. Everitt brings to lifestyles the area of a large, rendered faithfully and sympathetically in human scale. A learn of strength and political genius, Augustus is a brilliant, compelling biography of 1 of crucial rulers in history.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Marlborough: The Background, Strategies, Tactics and Battlefield Experiences of the Greatest Commanders of History

By Angus Konstam

Osprey Command sequence #10

John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, is without doubt one of the nice commanders of historical past. utilizing his nice appeal and diplomatic talents he was once capable of bind troops from numerous eu states right into a cohesive military that gained a string of victories over the French armies of King Louis XIV, the 1st of which used to be probably his so much brilliant triumph - the conflict of Blenheim. different nice victories undefined, yet political and social turmoil proved tougher rivals to defeat. This e-book offers a close examine the various highs and lows within the occupation of the main winning British common of his era.

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The Correspondence of Walter Benjamin, 1910-1940

By Walter Benjamin

Called “the most vital critic of his time” via Hannah Arendt, Walter Benjamin has purely develop into extra influential through the years, as his paintings has assumed an important position in present debates over the interactions of paintings, tradition, and which means. A “natural and awesome expertise for letter writing used to be some of the most desirable aspects of his nature,” writes Gershom Scholem in his Foreword to this quantity; and Benjamin's correspondence unearths the evolution of a few of his strongest principles, whereas additionally providing an intimate photo of Benjamin himself and the days within which he lived.
Writing at size to Scholem and Theodor Adorno, and changing letters with Rainer Maria Rilke, Hannah Arendt, Max Brod, and Bertolt Brecht, Benjamin elaborates on his rules approximately metaphor and language. He displays on literary figures from Kafka to Karl Kraus, and expounds his own attitudes towards such matters as Marxism and French nationwide personality. supplying an vital device for any student wrestling with Benjamin’s paintings, The Correspondence of Walter Benjamin, 1910–1940 is a revelatory examine the fellow in the back of a lot of the 20th century’s most important criticism.

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The Poetics of Slavdom: The Mythopoeic Foundations of Yugoslavia, Volume 1

By Zdenko Zlatar

Among 1400 and 1878, the vast majority of Southern Slavic peoples persisted numerous centuries of Ottoman rule. within the 19th century there has been a circulate between either the Croats and the Serbs to put aside local, ethnic, spiritual, and cultural changes with a purpose to interact towards the liberation of all of the Southern Slavs from the Ottoman yoke. those volumes discover how the masterpieces of 2 top poets one of the Croats and Serbs - Ivan Mažuranić (1814-1890) and Petar II Petrović Njegoš (1813-1851), who used to be Prince-Bishop of Montenegro from 1830-1851 - handled the Southern Slavs’ dating to Islam of their maximum poetic works, The loss of life of Smail-agha Čengić and The Mountain Wreath, respectively.

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The writer: Zdenko Zlatar is Reader in Slavic heritage on the collage of Sydney the place he has taught Russian, East eu, and sleek ecu historical past seeing that 1979. he's vice chairman of the fee internationale des études historiques slaves in Paris. he's the writer of 4 different books together with The Slavic Epic: Gundulic’s Osman (Peter Lang, 1995), which including the 2 volumes of The Poetics of Slavdom kinds Zlatar’s Slavic epic trilogy.

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The Third Plantagenet: Duke of Clarence, Richard III's Brother

By John Ashdown-Hill

From the writer of The final Days of Richard III comes the 1st complete biography of George, Duke of Clarence, brother of Kings Richard III and Edward IV

Less famous than his brothers Edward IV and Richard III, George, Duke of Clarence has so had little written about him, that historians are confronted with a chain of questions: the place used to be he born? What was once he quite like? used to be it his unpredictable habit that set him opposed to his brother Edward IV? George performed a crucial function within the Wars of the Roses performed out via his brothers—but was once he for York or Lancaster? Who was once rather chargeable for his execution? Is the tale of his drowning in a barrel of wine—as he did in Richard III—true? And was once "false, fleeting, perjur'd Clarence" in many ways the function version in the back of the 16th-century defamation of Richard III? ultimately, the place was once he buried and what grew to become of his physique? Can the DNA used lately to check the continues to be of his more youthful brother, Richard III, additionally display the reality concerning the meant "Clarence bones" in Tewkesbury? John Ashdown-Hill exposes the myths surrounding this pivotal and important Plantagenet, with outstanding results.

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The Silk Roads: A New History of the World

By Peter Frankopan

“This is historical past on a grand scale, with a sweep and ambition that's infrequent… A proper ancient epic of astonishing variety and achievement.” —William Dalrymple, The Guardian 
 
The epic background of the crossroads of the world—the assembly position of East and West and the birthplace of civilization

It used to be at the Silk Roads that East and West first encountered one another via exchange and conquest, resulting in the unfold of principles, cultures and religions. From the increase and fall of empires to the unfold of Buddhism and the appearance of Christianity and Islam, correct as much as the nice wars of the 20 th century—this ebook indicates how the destiny of the West has constantly been inextricably associated with the East.

Peter Frankopan realigns our knowing of the realm, pointing us eastward. He vividly re-creates the emergence of the 1st towns in Mesopotamia and the delivery of empires in Persia, Rome and Constantinople, in addition to the depredations via the Mongols, the transmission of the Black dying and the violent struggles over Western imperialism. during the millennia, it was once the urge for food for international items that introduced East and West jointly, using economies and the expansion of countries.

From the center East and its political instability to China and its monetary upward thrust, the colossal quarter stretching eastward from the Balkans around the steppe and South Asia has been thrust into the worldwide highlight in recent times. Frankopan teaches us that to appreciate what's at stake for the towns and international locations outfitted on those tricky alternate routes, we needs to first comprehend their incredible pasts. excess of a heritage of the Silk Roads, this ebook is actually a revelatory new heritage of the area, promising to destabilize notions of the place we come from and the place we're headed subsequent.

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The Arsenic Century: How Victorian Britain was Poisoned at Home, Work, and Play

By James C. Whorton

Arsenic is rightly notorious because the poison of selection for Victorian murderers. but the good majority of fatalities from arsenic within the 19th century got here no longer from intentional poisoning, yet from twist of fate.

Kept in lots of houses for the aim of poisoning rats, the white powder was once simply flawed for sugar or flour and infrequently integrated into the relatives dinner. It was once additionally extensively found in eco-friendly dyes, used to tint every little thing from candles and chocolates to curtains, wallpaper, and garments (it was once arsenic in previous lace that used to be the danger). even if at domestic amidst arsenical curtains and wallpapers, at paintings production those items, or at play swirling concerning the papered, curtained ballroom in arsenical robes and gloves, not anyone used to be past the poison's achieve.

Drawing at the clinical, criminal, and well known literature of the time, The Arsenic Century paints a bright photograph of its wide-ranging and insidious presence in Victorian lifestyle, weaving jointly the heritage of its emergence as a virtually inescapable family probability with the sordid tale of its common employment as a device of homicide and suicide. And eventually, because the ultimate bankruptcy indicates, arsenic in Victorian Britain used to be a great deal the pilot episode for a sequence of environmental poisoning dramas that grew ever extra universal throughout the 20th century and nonetheless has no lead to sight.

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